Allen Edson, president of the Pasadena branch of the NAACP, will talk about the current condition of racial justice in the United States, at a special Shabbat program at the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12.
Edson will also provide updates on what’s happening in the streets and why, what the Jewish community can do, and share insights into attaining peace in the world.
Edson’s talk was arranged by the PJTC Social Justice Committee. In accord with the PJTC mission statement, the Social Justice Committee works to engage the community to respond to societal conditions and contemporary issues based on traditional Jewish values and the prophetic admonition, “Tzedek, tzedek tirdofe – Justice, justice shall you pursue!”
Edson leads the NAACP Pasadena Branch which has a more than 100-year history in the city. He has been branch president for about a year and a half.
The Pasadena branch was chartered by the National Office on September 8, 1919, and was the 16th charter issued by the National NAACP. It was founded when a small group of citizens answered the call of John Wright to respond to the needs of minority people in Pasadena. Their first step was to build an organization which served as the voice of all those denied the basic dignities rightfully due human beings, especially African American citizens in Pasadena.
The event will be streamed online through www.venue.streamspot.com/e959bcfd.
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